Bishopville, South Carolina's Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey shot an opening round 8-under par 62 at the Greenbrier Classic on Thursday. Gainey and Johnson Wagner are tied for the lead, two strokes ahead of the field.
Soggy conditions at The Old White TPC in White Sulpher Springs, West Virginia, allowed players to shoot at the flagsticks. Gainey said, "This is target practice for us. I mean you can throw darts at the pins all day. You can throw it past it, bring it back and it'll stop. It's not gonna spin very much. But you've gotta be aggressive out here, especially with these greens this soft."
Playing with a new driver, Gainey missed just one fairway. He made eight birdies and no bogeys in the first round.
Bill Haas, who grew up in Greer, South Carolina shot a 68. Haas won at Congressional last week. Phil Mickelson, coming off a second place finish at the U.S. Open struggled to a 4-over par 74.
Two former Coastal Carolina golfers faired well on day one at the Greenbrier Classic. Tom Gillis is just five strokes off the lead after shooting a 67. Dan Obremski, a monday qualifier, shot 1-over par 71.